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HERE Lidar Data is a service that provides on-demand access to an archive of off-the-shelf terrestrial lidar data from which customers can select their required coverage, via a simple online portal. The data is georeferenced and colored using HERE’s panoramic imagery to provide additional context, and delivered in the .las or .laz data formats. This extensive library of 3D lidar point clouds is unique in the industry in coverage and accuracy. Unlike data from private surveying contractors, Lidar Data is global in scale, offered at a fraction of the cost and is delivered in days vs weeks or months.

This guide provides an overview of lidar and easy-to-use instructions for first time users to download lidar data via the HERE Lidar Data service.

Lidar stands for "laser imaging, detection, and ranging." HERE vehicles collect lidar data as they drive along roads. This collection process works by starting from a known location, such as a vehicle using GPS to track its position. Special lasers mounted on the vehicle fire in carefully calibrated directions. A receiver on the vehicle measures the time for the laser light that's reflected off nearby objects to be returned, which allows the distance between the vehicle and surrounding objects to be determined. The result consists of 3D point clouds that are georeferenced and colored to provide additional context, and available to customers in the .las or .laz data formats.

The following figures show how lidar compares to reality. (The HERE Street Level Imagery product from which these figures are derived is not part of the HERE Lidar Data product offering. These images are used here as conceptual examples.)

Photo from HERE vehicle
Figure 1. Photo from HERE vehicle
Lidar point cloud from the same location as the photo
Figure 2. Lidar point cloud from the same location as the photo

HERE uses lidar to identify and geolocate road furniture (e.g., barriers, poles, etc.) and localization objects (e.g., road signs), as well as to automatically model 3D building facades, so our maps more closely resemble real places and support many use cases - including navigation, infrastructure planning, and public safety.

Overview: Ordering Lidar data

HERE Lidar Data is a service that offers a neutral, secure, and scalable environment designed to facilitate interaction and lidar data exchange between the consumer and HERE.

To order and retrieve lidar data, you will primarily interact with the HERE Lidar Data portal to select the desired data, then download your selection from either the Marketplace or AWS S3 Platform (if you provide your credentials) by following these steps:

  • Select lidar data
  • Review order
  • Delivery settings and Add to Cart


HERE Lidar Data is available in the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Herzegovina
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • UK
  • USA

HERE Privacy Charter

For the terms and conditions covering this documentation, see the HERE Documentation License.

Data privacy is of fundamental importance to HERE and our customers. We practice data minimization and don't collect data we don't need. And we promote pseudonymity for data subjects wherever a service does not require personal information to function. We employ privacy by design in services we develop. We strive to go beyond mere regulatory compliance and make privacy an integral part of our corporate culture. We believe that our approach to privacy is vital to earning and retaining the trust of our customers - and the bedrock of our future success as a data-driven location platform.

For more information on how data privacy is of fundamental importance to HERE and our customers, see the HERE Privacy Charter.

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